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Condemn

To adjudge or find guilty of a crime and sentence. To declare a building or ship unsafe for use or occupancy. To decide that a navigable vessel is a prize or is unfit for service. To take privately owned land for public use in exchange for just compensation by virtue of the power of Eminent Domain.

condemn

v. 1) for a public agency to determine that a building is unsafe or unfit for habitation and must be torn down or rebuilt to meet building and health code requirements. 2) for a governmental agency to take private property for public use under the right of eminent domain, but constitutionally the property owner must receive just compensation. If an agreement cannot be reached then the owner is entitled to a court determination of value in a condemnation action (lawsuit), but the public body can take the property immediately upon deposit of the estimated value. 3) to sentence a convicted defendant to death. 4) send to prison. (See: condemnation action, eminent domain, capital punishment)

condemn

(Ban), verb abhor, abnegate, abrogate, bar, blackball, block, boycott, call a halt, cancel, cast aside, cast out, censor, check, counter, debar, deny, disallow, disapprove, discommode, discountenance, disfavor, disown, disqualify, embargo, enjoin, exclude, expel, forbid, forestall, frustrate, halt, hammer, impede, interdict, interrupt, keep in bounds, keep out, keep within bounds, lay an embargo on, limit, make immossible, object, obstruct, oppose, ostracize, outlaw, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, put a stop to, put an embargo on, put an end to, put one's veto to, put under an injunction, put under an interdiction, put under prohibition, quash, quell, refuse, reject, repress, reprobate, restrain, restrict access, retard, seclude, shut out, stop, suppress, thwart, vetare, withhold

condemn

(Blame), verb accuse, anathematize, asperse, assail with censure, attack, berate, bring into discredit, call to account, cast blame upon, castigate, charge, chide, condemnare, criticize, culpare, declaim against, decry, denigrate, denounce, deprecate, derogate, disapprove, disdain, disparage, dispraise, execrate, find guilty, fulminate against, impeach, implicate, impugn, indict, inveigh against, pass censure on, publicly accuse, rebuke, reprehend, reproach, reprove, repudiate, take to task, upbraid, vilify, vituperare, vituperate

condemn

(Punish), verb adjudge, administer correction, bring to account, carry out a sentence, convict, damnare, deal retributive justice, discipline, doom, exact a penalty, exact retribution, execute a sentence, execute justice, impose a penalty, impose penalty, inflict penalty, inflict punishment, pass sentence on, penalize, prescribe punishment, pronounce judgment, pronounce sentence, punire, reprimand, reprove, sentence, subject to penalty, take disciplinary action

condemn

(Seize), verb accroach, acquire, arrogate, assume, assume ownership, attach, compullorily acquire, confiscate, declare to be forfeited, deprive of corporal possession, deprive of ownership, disentitle, disseise, distrain, divest of property, expropriate, foreclose, impound, impropriate, municipalize, nationalize, publicare, sequestrate, take for public use, take over, take possession, usurp
Associated concepts: eminent domain
See also: accuse, blame, cavil, censure, charge, complain, confiscate, convict, criticize, decry, defame, denigrate, denounce, discommend, disparage, execute, fault, impeach, incriminate, judge, libel, proscribe, punish, reprehend, reprimand, reproach, sentence

condemn

to pronounce judicial sentence on someone, usually one of death.
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Wait a little before you condemn a man whom you don't understand.
If we condemn it, we either go over to the Puritans or we join those who are wont to come to table with no edge to their appetites and who therefore grumble at all good fare.
The most petty baron may arrest, try, and condemn a witch found within his own domain.
I have been working him even now to abandon her,'' said Malvoisin; ``but still, are there grounds enough to condemn this Rebecca for sorcery?
This seems a mysterious thing," said the curate, "for, as I have heard say, this was the first book of chivalry printed in Spain, and from this all the others derive their birth and origin; so it seems to me that we ought inexorably to condemn it to the flames as the founder of so vile a sect.
1] This provision has not only been declaimed against by those who condemn the Constitution in the gross, but it has been censured by those who have objected with less latitude and greater moderation; and, in one instance it has been thought exceptionable by a gentleman who has declared himself the advocate of every other part of the system.
Could you condemn a poor mother to this torture for fifteen years?
In dealing with this period they sternly condemn the historical personages who, in their opinion, caused what they describe as the reaction.
As the trial went on, however, Bacon spoke, not to save, but to condemn.
Her orders were indeed so liberal, that, had it been a child of her own, she could not have exceeded them; but, lest the virtuous reader may condemn her for showing too great regard to a base-born infant, to which all charity is condemned by law as irreligious, we think proper to observe that she concluded the whole with saying, "Since it was her brother's whim to adopt the little brat, she supposed little master must be treated with great tenderness.
Tell her that to condemn and discard one who has not deserved such treatment, without giving him her reasons or a chance to explain is contrary to her nature as I believe it to be.
That evidence," he observed, "was hardly required in so glaring a case, but I am glad of it, and, indeed, none of our judges like to condemn a criminal upon circumstantial evidence, be it ever so decisive.